The Earth Is Enough

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In this touching memoir of his boyhood on a farm in the Ozark foothills, Harry Middleton joins the front rank of nature writers alongside Edward Hoagland and Annie Dillard. It is the year1965, a year rife with change in the world?-and in the life of a boy whose tragic loss of innocence leads him to the healing landscape of the Ozarks. Haunted by indescribable longing, twelve-year-old Harry is turned over to two enigmatic guardians, men as old as the hills they farm and as elusive and beautiful as the trout they ...

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The Earth Is Enough: Growing Up in a World of Flyfishing, Trout & Old Men

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In this touching memoir of his boyhood on a farm in the Ozark foothills, Harry Middleton joins the front rank of nature writers alongside Edward Hoagland and Annie Dillard. It is the year1965, a year rife with change in the world—-and in the life of a boy whose tragic loss of innocence leads him to the healing landscape of the Ozarks. Haunted by indescribable longing, twelve-year-old Harry is turned over to two enigmatic guardians, men as old as the hills they farm and as elusive and beautiful as the trout they fish for—-with religious devotion. Seeking strength and purpose from life, Harry learns from his uncle, grandfather, and their crazy Sioux neighbor, Elias Wonder, that the pulse of life beats from within the deep constancy of the earth, and from one’s devotion to it. Amidst the rhythm of an ancient cadence, Harry discovers his home: a farm, a mountain stream, and the eye of a trout rising.

In the spirit of Edward Hoagland and Annie Dillard, a moving memoir of growing up in a ramshackele rural paradise.

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"It is a grand true story and its wonderful old men are classic American characters."
     —-Annie Dillard

"An extraordinary account of the sustaining powers of landscape, of the stewardship of private places, and of those rare people in life who, by their refusal to teach, become our most enligtening teachers. A haunting book, beautiful and funny and sad, written with enormous warmth and grace. "  —-Ted Leeson

"This is a book about love for all things that matter...a profound ode tot he earth and to mankind, governed by respect, gentleness, and humor."   —-from the Foreword by Russell Chatham

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
At the age of 14, as the country drifted into war in Vietnam, the author was sent to live with his great uncle and his grandfather on a farm in the Ozarks. In a world far removed from global events, these kind old men, content with solitude and a meager subsistence scraped from the land, occupied their time reading, trout fishing and steadfastly refusing to make concessions to modern technology. They measured the success of their resistance to change by the amount of disapproval they elicited from their God-fearing neighbors, the local preacher and the state agricultural agent, all of whom failed to indoctrinate the pair in the paths of righteousness and profitable farming. Middleton, outdoors columnist for Southern Living magazine, writes with humor and compassion of these witty and articulate eccentrics who changed his life and taught him to love and respect the earth and its creatures. (July)
Library Journal
As the United States got involved in the Vietman war, Middleton's military father sent 14-year-old Harry to live with his grandfather in rural Arkansas. There Middleton, now outdoors columnist for Southern Living magazine, discovered the wonders of living a life close to nature. His grandfather shared a farm with two other men, and the trio strove to protect the farm from the 20th century. They taught Middleton the value of a simple life, yet also instilled in him a yearning for knowledge and a love of good books. He recalls hours spent in the woods and fishing for trout in the stream that flowed through the farm. Using the trout as a metaphor for all things wild, Middleton manages to weave together his boyhood memories with a profound respect for the natural world. An understated, evocative work. Recommended.-- Randy Dykhuis, OCLC, Dublin, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871088741
  • Publisher: Pruett Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Series: Pruett Series
  • Edition description: 1st Pruett Pub. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 287,810
  • Product dimensions: 0.52 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Middleton was a writer and author of five books on fishing and the outdoor lifestyle. He wrote intensely descriptive prose using a wide- ranging vocabulary to create sparkling stories about wild places and remote trout streams. He was a critically acclaimed author whose books include The Earth is Enough: Growing Up in a World of Flyfishing, Trout, and Old Men (1989), On the Spine of Time: a Flyfisher’s Journey among Mountain People, Streams, & Trout (1991), The Bright Country: a Fisherman’s Return to Trout, Wild Water and Himself (1993) and Rivers of Memory (1993). He is the recipient of the Friends of American Writers Award, the Outdoor Writers Association of American Best Book Award, and the Southeastern Outdoor Press Best Book Award.

Harry was born in 1949 and grew up in the south graduating from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana with an English degree. He earned a master’s degree in Western history from Louisiana State University in 1973. He wrote the Outdoor South column for Southern Living magazine from 1984 to 1991. He passed away unexpectedly in 1993 at the age of 43. He is survived by his widow, and two sons.
 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2004

    Where's the flyfishing?

    Don't bother reading this book if you want to read about flyfishing. Listing it as a fishing book is just a marketing tool. It's a good story but it's not about fishing, which is what I wanted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2003

    Superb

    On a 1 to 10 scale this book rates a 12. Have recommended it to everyone I know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2001

    find yourself in the ozarks

    Harry Middleton described his life and his surroundings so well, I had to go to the Mo. Ozarks and go trout fishing. I have yet to find an author so gifted as Middleton. It is a shame he died so young. I have all his books, and wish there were more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2000

    It pulls the heart-strings and flyline

    What a great book. It gets down to the truly great things about flyfishing without being a book on the technical nature of flyfishing. Its more about life than fishing and it just grabbed me. I'm not the real mushy type - but I cried.

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